Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Walking the Malvern Hills – An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

If you are looking for a new location to explore and wear in your new walking boots, look no further than the picturesque Malvern Hills. Featuring over 3000 acres of open countryside, walkers old and young, experienced and inexperienced have been visiting the Malvern Hills, and Commons for hundreds of years. Whether your aim is to climb to the highest point at Worcestershire Beacon, or enjoy a quiet ramble along the wooded slopes, this beautiful area of nature has something for everyone.  It provides amazing views of the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

The Malvern Hills Act 1884 gives open access on foot to all areas of the hills, and commons.  Since Victorian times, many paths have been constructed, taking walkers on a range of different routes through the hills. If you are a member of the Ramblers Society, there are a number of organised walks for members, starting from a range of different points in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, ranging from 3 to 6 hours in length.  You can choose a route to take, based on what you have planned for the day.

The Malvern Hills area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1959, signifying the beauty of the area and its national importance. The Area of Outstanding Beauty label is given to areas with distinctive natural and human beauty, whether this be geology, climate, soils, plants, animals, communities, archaeology, buildings or the people who live in it. With its acres of rolling pastures, woodland, commons, forts, castles and priories, the Malvern Hills have greatly varied geology, as well as a diverse variety of wildlife.

When you have finished your day of walking the Malvern Hills and enjoying the countryside of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, Garden Cottage, Perrycroft provides the ideal place for you to put your feet up and lay your head. Located high on the west side of the Malvern Hills, Garden Cottage is a lovingly restored building with a great atmosphere, modern fittings, comfortable furnishings and of course, an excellent view of the hills.

Originally built as the gardener’s cottage for Perrycroft, a popular arts and crafts house designed in 1893 by the renowned architect Charles Voysey, Garden Cottage allows you to step right out into the Malvern Hills, over a small stile in the Perrycroft grounds. Should you wish for a relaxing hour or two, guests of Garden Cottage are free to wander the gardens of Perrycroft.

If you are traveling in a large group of walkers, Garden Cottage features three bedrooms and accommodates up to five people, with the newly renovated lodge at Perrycroft sleeping a further four guests. If you make your trip to the Malvern Hills during the colder months, both the living and dining rooms of Garden Cottage have wood burners to help keep you warm.

If you are planning to walk the Malvern Hills later this year, and are looking for a place to stay that is right amongst the natural beauty of the area, you can contact Garden Cottage, Malvern, by calling 07858 393767 or by emailing

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